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Discuss the author`s perception of women in two of the short stories you have read.

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Discuss the author`s perception of women in two of the short stories you have read. Back in the 1800s women had it pretty rough compared to men. There were poor women working in the cotton and woolen mills for 12 to 16 hours daily. Many lived six to a room and two to a bed in company boarding houses and were paid 2 pounds a week. Women were not permitted to give evidence in court, or have the right to speak in public before an audience. When a woman married, her husband legally owned all she had, including her earnings, her clothes and jewellery, and her children. If he died, she was entitled to only a third of her husband's estate. So women couldn't really be their own person, they hold little independence. Is it still like this today? Strange as it may seem, the family roles have not changed much in today's society. While women have more opportunities in home based employment, the traditional roles of women are still quite evident. They are still the caring provider and nurturer of young children, the comforter for the crying child and the feminine presence of the household. ...read more.


It would almost be better not to go to this party at all." But once again she gets her own way and her husband suggests that she should borrow something from that friend, Madame Jeanne Forestier. She complains about that too, but in the end up she finally agrees. When she's at her friends she is picky and takes ages to make up her mind as to what she wants. She then selects out the most _____ jewel necklace that she can find and she achieves her dream, being the center of attention and the _____ of the ball. After attending the Ministry of Education's party, Mathilde finds out that she has lost the necklace. Instead of her going to find the necklace, she leaves it all up to her husband. She's so dramatic and sits at home feeling sorry for herself while her husband is the practical one, using his head to try to find the necklace. "He went out. Still in her evening dress, she sank in a chair, her mind and body numb with shock. Her husband returned at about seven o'clock in the morning. He had found nothing." ...read more.


When the two woman meet for the first time Rhoda feels guilty as she feel the distortion on Gertrude's arm is in fact her fault, but she also feels a bit of happiness at the same time because Gertrude isn't perfect the way she was. When the arm starts to get worse Gertrude gets paranoid and thinks Farmer Lodge finds her less attractive and becomes obsessed, she will do absolutely anything to get rid of this curse. "It makes my husband dislike no, love me less". She is willing to do anything to cure herself; she then goes to a Conjuror which she would never have even thought of, despite the fact that she's desperate. During the time of this story Thomas Hardy got his inspiration to write The Withered Arm as he knew of an old women, who in her youth cured of wasting disease by going to a convict's corpse to have her "blood turned" like Gertrude Lodge did to have her arm cured. Conjuror Trundle that recommended the cure to Gertrude was also similar to a man in Hardy's past, which he never met but heard of through his mother's stories. Out of both stories and authors, I would prefer The Withered Arm, it's got a better twist and I parts of the two woman characters. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Jane Farmiloe ...read more.

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